Compassion, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives

Just for today, I will be compassionate to myself and others. The fifth Reiki precept asks us to “remember the connection among all things within the universe.” [1] A soft, gentle presence and the scent of hay drew close with Cow. I immediately felt comfort in Cow’s presence. She said, I am […]

Equinox and Balance

Equinox is that time of equal day/equal night that occurs twice each year. It calls us to balance—light and dark, day and night, internal and external, spiritual and material, all those times when we lean too far in some direction or another and need to pull ourselves back to center. We’re told […]

Sun and Shadow

On Equinox, the sun passes directly over the tall pillar of the Intiwatana Stone in Machu Picchu, Peru. Intiwatana means “hitching post of the sun.” The tall pillar does not cast a shadow on Equinox. The concept of casting a shadow is profound on many levels. The dream image of shadow may […]

Tree Trunks

What color is the trunk of a tree? Brown? Gray? Tan? White with black spots? When I was a child, trees in coloring books always were to be colored brown. Any other color would bring laughter and sometimes condescension or even ridicule. What an awakening to discover that birch trees, with their […]

St. Francis of Assisi Blog Talk Radio Show

On Winter Solstice 2014 I was honored to be Rev. Bonnie Poirier’s guest on her St. Francis of Assisi Blogtalk Radio show. We had a great time talking about animal communication, interfaith, the network of all life, animal ministry, and my book, Hand in Paw. Here is the link to listen to […]

Honesty, Reiki, and Animals’ Perspectives

Just for today, I will be honest in my work. The fourth Reiki precept asks us to be “truthfully dedicated to spiritual progress and everything you do.”* Like the earlier precepts, this one encourages us to be fully present as a clear conduit for the flow of healing Reiki energy. What, exactly, […]

The Feather

The feather rested on the ground, waiting to be noticed. Its lower half, from base to midpoint, is shades of gray, soft and fuzzy. Its upper half, from midpoint to tip, bears an intricate pattern of creamy-white polka dots, each surrounded by a dark gray circle, and all floating on a smooth […]

Cauldron of Elements

Earth and water, air and fire. The cauldron bubbles. Its turquoise fluid has flecks of gold – colors of protection and connection to the spirit world. The steam rising from it smells of sulphur, like the entrance to the underworld. Heaven and hell. Earth and water, air and fire – the elemental […]

Poison Oak: It’s All Perception

The workshop facilitator’s assignment was to go out into nature, find something that attracts you, and listen for its message. Easy, I thought. This is going to be fun! And the Universe laughed. A fallen log’s sculptural quality attracted me. Its trunk curled in strips of dark and light. Small creatures had […]

The Fullness of Dying

A guest essay from Rev. John C. Robinson, Ph.D.: While reading Nancy Schluntz’s lovely manuscript on spiritual communication with animals – I’d been asked to provide an endorsement [for Hand in Paw, a Journey of Trust and Discovery] – this amazing paragraph simply leapt off the page before me. Speaking about her […]

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George Eliot
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi
"There is little that separates humans from other sentient beings – we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all deeply crave to be alive and live freely, and we all share this planet together." - attributed to Gandhi
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